About a week back, I happened to notice a Man of Steel piece that Oli Riches posted to Twitter. This was not a recent piece (as if to say, created in the last few days). Rather, this was an illustration that had been created some time ago but one that I had failed to notice. Oli’s piece reminded me very much of the Ken Taylor “Man of Steel” print that leaves everyone’s mouth agape and fetches insane prices on the secondary market.
Oli’s piece shares that quiet sensibility but it’s also bold in it’s use of color and form. If you look at the clouds, one can see the man young Clark Kent will become. The clouds become metaphor. Oli showcases the destiny of this young boy, on his way to becoming The Man of Steel, and he does it well.